We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, Texas Ale Project owner Brent Thompson tells us his favorite places to drink, get great bargains, and family-friendly places that are also fun for adults.
Brent Thompson and his wife Kat make craft beers in their own company, Texas Ale Project.
Born and raised in the small, quiet town of Huffman, a small town north east of Houston, Thompson said there wasn’t a lot going on but that it was a great place to grow up.
Growing up in a military family, Thompson too joined the Navy and had traveled to 20 different countries by the age of 20. Being exposed to all those various cultures extremely influenced him in food and fermentation tasting and making. He believes that these experiences led him to open Texas Ale Project.
He attended UT Arlington where he graduated with a BA in Public Relations. During his senior year of college, he met his future wife Kat. They hit it off right away as they both loved delicious food and fermentation. Most of their trips were planned around wineries, breweries and great food. After working for Neiman Marcus in the buying offices, Kat decided she wanted to go back to school and was accepted into the MBA program at Cornell. So the family packed up their things and headed to Ithaca, New York.
This is really where the idea to Start Texas Ale Project came about. The last year of Kat’s program there was a homebrew competition, and it was all uphill after that, according to the Thompsons.
Foodie Favorite: Cibo Di Vino
Thompson said that his family spends many Friday nights at this restaurant. “They have some of the best pasta and pizza in Dallas, if you haven’t been you should really check it out,” Thompson said. “For coffee, we prefer Full City Rooster on South Akard. Michael the Master Roaster/Owner is a great guy and his coffee is so darn good.” He is also a big fan of Taqueria El Si Hay.
Cocktail Culture: North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine
“There isn’t much time to go out with running Texas Ale Project and a two-and-a-half-year-old at home so we mostly enjoy bottles of wine at home on our porch,” Thompson said. He recommends North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine because “they always seem to have a really good selection of wine and of course, beer.”
Artistic Addiction: Kessler Theater
“Our favorite place to see shows is at the Kessler Theater,” Thompson said. “We ran into Charley Crockett while seeing a Band of Heathens show not too long ago. We are big fans of Charley so getting to chat with him was really cool and the venue just rocks. If you haven’t been it almost like seeing a concert in your living room, extremely intimate!” Check out the theater yourself and you might be able to your favorite singers up close, too!
Decor Destination: Rusty Buffalo Company
“I am a big fan of those who create rustic/modern pieces so recently I have been following the Rusty Buffalo Company on Facebook,” Thompson said. “They create really cool furniture and just about anything you might want; I’m sure they could work something up.” Another decor design shop Thompson likes is Studio 217. “Studio 217 is another fab shop that is really cool they most recently built and installed a giant chandler over the pool at the Lorenzo Hotel downtown, you should check it out!” Thompson said.
On The Move: Texas Ale Project
“Texas Ale Project is my gym of choice, we jokingly call it brewfit™,” Thompson said. “Nothing like working in the brewery when it’s hot and humid; it reminds me of working on the flight deck minus the planes.”
Brain Candy: Wild Detectives Bookstore
“Wild detectives is my bookstore of choice,” Thompson said. “They have a great patio in the back and serve cold beer.” He is also a big fan of the Dallas Aquarium.
I Heart Dallas: Klyde Warren Park
“This is a tough one… There are so many places around Dallas that I love, for example the Trinity River Audubon Center, but if I had to pick one I think it would be Klyde Warren Park,” Thompson said. “Only in Dallas would anyone cover a highway to build a park.”
Images Courtesy of Pixaby, Cibo Di Vino, DARTable Games, Pxhere, Texas Ale Project, Wild Detectives Bookstore, Flickr.